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10 Super Easy Beaded Earring Projects
10 Easy Beaded Earring Projects. Jewelry Making.
Beautiful DIY Seed Bead Jewelry
Summer Hued Seed Bead Projects. Jewelry Making.
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
Feel Like You Are On Vacation with These 7 DIY...
At the Waters Edge - DIY Jewelry Projects
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
Seed Bead Projects for the DIY Jewelry Maker
Seed Bead Projects for Spring and Summer
10 Beginner Level Necklaces
10 Beginner Level Necklaces. Jewelry Making.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
7 Gorgeous Pearl Projects to Make
Gorgeous Pearl Projects to Make. Jewelry Making.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
8 Easy Gemstone Pendants to Make
Gemstone Pendants to Make. Jewelry Making.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
Select String Medium. Jewelry Making.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
8 Pairs of Earrings for Beginners
8 Beginner Level Earrings to Make
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Continue Jig Wire Wrapping. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
You've made a sale through your web site or on-line store; now what? Here are some tips for using your jewelry packaging as a way to create a brand, encourage a repeat sale, and also safely secure the jewelry you are mailing out.
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
11 Easy and Clever DIY Jewelry Displays
11 Clever and Easy DIY Jewelry Displays - Easy to make and easy on the wallet. Links to full tutorials included!
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Lost Wax Casting Supplies. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
Jewelry Projects for Fun in the Sun
Here Comes the Sun: Easy Summer Jewelry
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
11 Beautiful Beginner Level Bracelets
11 Beautiful Beginner Level Bracelets
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
Earring Findings
Learn what an eye pin is and what it is used for in beaded jewelry making. Page 7.
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Stay in Out of the Cold and Make These Seed...
Stay in Out of the Cold and Make These Seed Bead Projects
Make Sandals from Chain and Crystals
Make some fun jewelry for your feet by using some gun metal chain and colorful crystal beads. You may have heard these referred to as bottomless or bare foot sandals.
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
11 DIY Jewelry Displays for Spring Art and...
11 DIY Jewelry Displays for Spring Art and Craft Shows
How to Use a Bead Tip
Pull Cord. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
Insert Corsage Pin. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Water Casting Tutorial
Heat Metal. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
Colorful Jewelry Projects to Brighten Up Your...
9 Super Colorful Jewelry Creations
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet. Jewelry Making.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
Beading Wire Defined
Beading wire is a very popular stringing medium, but what is it exactly?
Using Loom Weaving to Make Beautiful Jewelry
Loom Weaving for Jewelry Makers. Jewelry Making.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
9 Earth Day Jewelry Projects Using Unusual...
9 Unusual Jewelry Projects Using Unusual Supplies 9 Earth Day Jewelry Projects Using Unusual Supplies
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Learn how to use wire to connect components, other wire sections, beads, and much more with this very versatile wire wrapping technique.
Using a Ring Jig to Make Jump Rings
Here is yet another method for making jump rings. These instructions include using a bench vice and ring jig.
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
10 Tips for Working with Chain
Prefabricated chain is a handy component to include in your jewelry creations. Here are some tips to consider when working with chain.
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
The Metalsmith Reborn!
New and better than ever....find out why Tim McCreight's newest edition of his famous book, Complete Metalsmith, is do different from past editions.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
Learn two different ways - one the proper way and one the quick way - of using wire to make jump rings.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Glue Cab. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Beaded Dangles
One of the most popular form of beaded embellishments is the beaded dangle.
Ultimate Earth Day Recycling for Jewelry Makers
Jewelry Made from Recycled Elements
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
If You Post on the Jewelry Making Forum, Be...
Our Jewelry Making Forum is a wonderful place to talk about jewelry making, but before you jump into the conversation, it's a good idea to be familiar with our rules and guidelines.
Jewelry Projects Inspired by Seaside Get Aways
Jewelry Projects Inspired by Seaside Get Aways
Anvil vs. Block for Making Jewelry
Anvils and metal blocks are both pieces of equipment used by jewelry makers, both metalsmiths and wire workers, but when do you use one over the other?
What Is Niobium?
What Is Niobium? Learn about this unique hypoallergenic metal used for jewelry making.
The Power of Pearls
Pearl trends, history, folk lore, and care, learn this and more about the powerful pearl.
Easy Memory Wire Bohemian Bracelet
bohemian bracelet. Jewelry Making.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn what a jump ring is and how it is used in making beaded jewelry. Page 2.
Free Wire Chain Patterns
Use wire and links to create a variety of chain patterns to use in your jewelry designs. Many of these require no soldering.
Metal Jewelry Fabrication Tools
Before you begin using metal fabrication techniques, you'll need some special tools for your tool box.
Bead Stringing Findings
Learn how crimp beads are used with bead stringing. Page 3.
Software for Serious Jewelry Designers
Jewelry designers need all the help they can get when it comes to getting organized.
Tips for Adding Patina to Metal Jewelry
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Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Cut the Silver Sheet. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Crystal Badge Lanyard Necklace
More and more of us these days are required to wear badges where we work, but just because we have to wear something utilitarian around our necks doesn’t mean they can’t also be attractive as well as a functional piece of jewelry.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
Wire Wrapped Toe Ring
Toe Ring Inspiration. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Bead Stringing Information & Projects
Learn about the different where to find more information and projects to get started stringing beads. Page 2.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
Start the Wire Hook. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Hematite - What Is Hematite?
Hematite is a very popular gemstone, but what exactly is it?
Stringing Mediums for Beads
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 5.
Selling Jewelry On-Line
When I had more time and energy, I spent a few years selling my jewelry though on-line auctions. It took a great deal of organizational skills, but I found it a good alternative to doing art shows or selling to stores. If it's hard for you to get out and sell your hand-crafted jewelry, then on-line auctions might be right for you too.
Bead Stringing Techniques
Learn the basics when it comes to bead stringing and master various techniques.
Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn the tips and tricks to stringing up elastic bead bracelets with this variety of designs.
Stone Setting Results
This is an example of one easy stone setting ruby pendant. Page 4.
Think About the Future
Think about your future in the world of jewelry. Page 3.
Basic Bead Earrings
This basic bead earring project is where every beginning jewelry maker should begin. You'll learn some important techniques as you complete this easy earring project.
Metal Clay Magic
This comprehensive book would make a good learning tool for the beginner to the more advanced metal clay artist who is looking for a good reference book.
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
8 Stash Busting Jewelry Projects
Stash Busting Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
What is Bohemian Style Jewelry?
: The word "bohemian" is most often used when describing someone who does not conform to tradition. This
Cover Your Crimps!
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs.
Wire Work Techniques for Making Wire Jewelry
Master various wire jewelry making techniques and learn to make awesome wire jewelry.
Pearl Illusion Necklace
Make an illusion-style necklace with pearl beads, beading wire, and crimp beads. Then finish it off with a hand-crafted clasp.
Magnetic Clasp Pros and Cons
Consider the good and bad that comes with using magnetic clasps on your jewelry pieces.
Nicole Chandelier Earrings
While these don't rival the beautiful jewelry Nicole Kidman is so well known for wearing, they remind me of her, thus the name: Nicole Chandelier Earrings!
Jewelry Studio Organization Tips
Use Clear Cabinets for Storage. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
15 DIY Jewelry Projects for the Fourth of July
15 DIY Patriotic Jewelry Projects
Seed Bead Bracelets
Use various bead weaving techniques to create some interesting seed bead bracelets.
Final Advice on Fine Jewelry Designing
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Anodized: Brilliant Colors and Bold Designs for...
Anodized: Brilliant Colors and Bold Designs for Aluminum Jewelry by Clare Stiles shows how to color, paint, and form anodized aluminum into jewelry.
Spring Fling Beaded Flower
Inspired by a piece of jewelry worn by Drew Barrymore, I created this flower using Japanese seed beads and colored wire. Make one for Easter or for your mom on Mothers' Day.
8 More Fabulous Flower Inspired Jewelry Projects
8 More Fabulous Flower Inspired Jewelry Projects
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
Make a Wire Coil Chain
Wrap Wire Around Dowel. Jewelry Making. Page 2.

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